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Mar 11 7 tweets 3 min read
Our government has been increasingly involved in suppressing lawful speech. Dissent, like COVID mitigation approaches, are legal and protected by the first amendment.

Please listen to @ShellenbergerMD’s excellent opening remarks before the House Subcommittee. #Twitterfiles…
Full video (recommended):

If you watch the hearing (please do), what are your reactions? Mine primarily center on: why is not a single Democrat troubled by this? Why do they attack these journalists, rather than expressing alarm, reaffirming the first amendment rights of every American? It’s pretty……
Representative @RoKhanna of the Bay Area seems to be the only prominent D who is troubled by this.
The D’s main line of “inquiry” seem to be (a) insinuating they are not “journalists,” (b) saying Trump made a request to take down a Chrissy Tiegen criticism, (c) wondering how much these two got paid, (d) insinuating alarm about foreign funding of Twitter.

NOT: federal……
But @RoKhanna is not on the committee, alas. Every D on the panel clowned it up, other than one who had pretty neutral comments.

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Mar 10
This took place at Stanford the other day -- an institution I love. My god. Do you think this performative, self-absorbed nonsense is helpful to the exchange of ideas?

Trivia: This woman is an administrator, not faculty; Stanford now employs as many faculty and staff as……
"Your remarks better be worth all this harm!" such manipulative nonsense. The guy is a Fifth Circuit judge, and it's a Law School. Even if you disagree with his opinions on things, they do not cause you "harm." If you think differing opinions do, might I suggest another career?
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Now that we're in "budget season," here's a thread on some basic macroeconomic realities Americans should know. 🧵

1) Federal revenues as a % of GDP have remained relatively stable since 1988, even risen slightly. SPENDING, however, has not.
2) As a result, our projected national debt -- which is now roughly equal to one year's GDP -- will soar way beyond it.
3) Meanwhile, rising interest rates, caused by the Fed's reaction to inflationary spending, are making debt payments much more expensive
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Mar 9
Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government LIVE… via @YouTube
Superb opening remarks by @ShellenbergerMD. I urge you to hear them.
How did @TheDemocrats get on the wrong side of this issue? Seriously, why is every Democrat on this panel utterly unconcerned about the clear effort by government agencies to censor ordinary speech? It’s really kind of amazing. I won’t support a party with that stance.
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Mar 9
Hard to believe that 40 years ago (last month), the world lost this singer. I didn't fully appreciate her -- pretty sappy ballads. But wow, what a voice.

Related, just Youtube-scrolling. 10cc, "I'm not in love." A song about denial. A subtle masterpiece. Of course he's in love.

And what the hell -- this song seems to belong in the mix. Impossible to describe in 2023. The Age of Aquarius was once a buzzword of the 1960s counter-culture. It was a new dawning of awareness. But then what happened? Where did it go?

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Mar 8
Is there a more important question than how the greatest health crisis in our lifetime came to be?

If you’re thinking of putting a podcast on today or streaming something tonight, consider listening in on the House Committee on COVID origins.…
Virologist Dr. Robert Redfield, former head of the CDC, made quite clear in his opening statement that he believes the preponderance of evidence suggests this pandemic came from GoF research efforts, via lab accident. He believes we should put a halt on such research.
He also states very clearly that this is a decision that should NOT be made by scientists alone. It affects us all, and so it should be decided by our representatives. (I strongly agree.)
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We cannot ignore it: there IS an explicit goal to tear down merit-based programs and opportunities. Do you think that’s a good thing? Defend it, if so. But stop pretending it’s not happening.
1) Lost opportunities for merit based advancement, particularly among those least economically advantaged

2) Lower global competitiveness

3) Likely eroded reciprocal support at the lower ends of academic achievement from those who’ve had their opportunity curtailed

I don’t……
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